Fall 2023 applications
Applications for Fall 2023 will open on October 1, 2022.
To be considered for any of our master’s programs, you will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to your enrollment with NYU Abu Dhabi. Official documentation certifying conferral of a bachelor’s degree will be required for all admitted students.
Your bachelor’s studies need not be in the same field of study as your intended master’s program, but your application should demonstrate the mastery needed to engage effectively with graduate-level work.
All sections of the online application and the required supporting documents must be submitted electronically by the deadline, in order for your application to be reviewed by the program’s Admissions Committee. Required documents will include:
Admissions Committees may contact individual applicants to conduct interviews as part of the evaluation process.
About the Online Application
Only online applications will be accepted. You must provide a response to all required questions in order for the application to be submitted through the online system. If you have any difficulties accessing, completing, or submitting the online application, please contact NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not submit any hard copy materials to NYU Abu Dhabi as part of the application process.
Following the application’s submission, you may update your information with NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate Admissions via email to email@example.com; however, any materials received after the deadline are not guaranteed to be included during the Committee’s review.
All applicants for fall 2022 admission to the Master of Science in Economics will receive automatic application fee waivers. You do not have to provide any payment to NYU Abu Dhabi as part of the application submission process.
FINAL DEADLINE: MAY 1. Merit and needs-based scholarships available up to 100% of tuition costs.
Once you have reviewed your entries and hit the “submit your application” button, you will not be able to make any changes to your online application. You will have a link to a status page where you can track the progress of your application and communicate with the admissions team. If you need to email the admissions team directly, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and always email us from the primary email address associated with your application.
NYU Abu Dhabi reserves the right to validate the accuracy of your application information with appropriate sources, including the right to contact relevant individuals and organizations.
After submission of your application, shortlisted finalists will be invited to conduct a personal interview with the program’s Admissions Committee. Interviews may be completed in person or by video conference.
Selection and Admission
You will occasionally receive emails informing you when there are updates to your application status. You will need to log into your application status page to view the update details. Your final official decision will be posted to your status page, and an admission decision from any other source of communication will be not considered official nor binding.
Graduate Record Examination
Submitting GRE test scores is optional. Not submitting GRE scores will not adversely affect your application. However, strong GRE results may strengthen your application, especially if you perceive that you have weaknesses in your prior academic record.
In the online application you can self-report your GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) for the most recent test you have written. Scores must have been earned within the last five years. You are responsible for arranging the score report to be sent to NYU Abu Dhabi, by using our GRE ETS institution code, 7705. Do not use any other institution code.
If your scores are not yet available when you submit your application, or you are planning to take or retake the GRE at a future time, please indicate this in the optional essay in the Essays section.
Proof of English Proficiency
Evidence of sufficient mastery of English is required for all master’s programs.
Proof of English proficiency may be satisfied by submitting valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores; valid International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores; valid Duolingo English Test scores; or a transcript demonstrating that your bachelor’s degree was conducted at a university whose language of instruction is English.
TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo: Self-report the highest total valid score for each test you have taken. Scores must have been earned within the last 2 years and confirmed by the official report sent to NYU Abu Dhabi directly by the testing agency. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that official score reports are submitted through the testing agency.
Scores may be sent before or after you submit your online application to NYU Abu Dhabi, but should be received by NYU Abu Dhabi before the application deadline.
English Proficiency Waiver
A bachelor’s degree conducted in English will suffice in place of an English proficiency language test. You will select the appropriate waiver option when you complete the application. Waivers will be considered for applicants meeting one of the following criteria:
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree prior to attendance at NYU Abu Dhabi.
NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate Admissions requires transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended (i.e., after high school or equivalent). If you attended more than four institutions, with the 'Additional Information' section on the Supporting Materials page of the application.
Electronic official transcripts are preferred but scanned or unofficial transcripts are acceptable for consideration during the admission process. Do not send paper/hard copies of your transcripts to NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate Admissions as part of the application process. If you are admitted, you will be required to provide official, attested and equalized transcript(s) and proof of your bachelor’s degree conferral prior to enrollment.
Transcripts must be uploaded in PDF format. You must include all pages of each transcript, including reverse sides (unless the reverse side includes no text, image, or watermark).
Non-English Language Transcripts
If your transcript is issued in a language other than English, please upload a translation in the same file as the transcript, or as an additional file with the “Other Documents” option in the Essays section. Dual-language transcripts issued by the institution are acceptable and do not require a separate translation, as long as one of the languages is English.
Please leave all self-reported final Grade Point Averages (or equivalent) in their original scoring format. It is not necessary to convert the score to a 4.0 scale, and the score should match what is found on your transcript. Include the scale that your GPA format uses (e.g., out of 4; out of 100; etc.).
You must upload an up-to-date CV, which should include your educational and professional history to date; relevant accomplishments, contributions, and special skills; publications; and/or other information pertinent to your career history. Full-time, post-college work experience is not required to be considered for admission. Campus employment, internships, volunteer/service positions, and other part-time positions may be included.
Essay questions give you the opportunity to more fully present yourself to the Admissions Committee, and to provide insight into your experiences, goals, and thought processes.
Please note the following details when completing your essays:
You have the option to include up to two writing samples as part of your application. Such samples are not required. Acceptable types of samples include research published in academic, industry, or news outlets, or assignments completed as part of your university studies.
Writing samples must be your own original work. Any co-authors must be clearly acknowledged; published works should include complete citation details, and university assignments should include the course name and original submission date. Samples should be uploaded in .pdf format.
You will also have the opportunity to upload additional documents you wish to be appended to your application. Documents must be uploaded in .pdf or .doc / .docx format.
Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from individuals who know you, and can comment on your academic qualifications in relation to the field you want to study. Choose people who are most familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work, and avoid recommendations of a personal nature.
Recommendations should be written in English, preferably on institutional letterhead, and should include the referee’s signature.
The request for the recommendation letters, with instructions, will be sent directly from NYU Abu Dhabi to the recommenders.
Deciding to pursue your master’s degree is a big commitment. We know it can have a significant impact on your day-to-day life — especially in how you allocate your time, energy, and resources. In recognition of this personal investment, NYU Abu Dhabi automatically considers every master’s applicant for merit-based financial support packages. We also have needs-based financial aid available for students with demonstrated need. Taking into consideration merit and financial need, scholarships can cover up to 100% of the tuition costs.
Our goal is to form a high-achieving class of master’s students for each program, and admissions decisions are made without knowledge of individuals’ financial need.
New students who are eligible for NYU Abu Dhabi financial support will be notified of their awards in tandem with their offer of admission, as long as all of the required documents have been provided and the application deadlines are met.
Financial support is generally renewable at the same level for the program’s standard full-time duration. Offered support may be adjusted by the university if a student’s enrollment status changes, or does not otherwise meet required performance criteria.
Students are encouraged to contact email@example.com if they have any questions or concerns about the admissions process, or about their financial award.
The budget below is an estimate of costs for full-time students in the MSc Economics program for the 2022-2023 academic year. These costs are updated annually. The calculations are in US dollars and include tuition and fees, on-campus housing, health insurance, course materials, and typical living expenses. Travel to/from Abu Dhabi and optional campus activity costs are not included in these estimates.
Annual adjustments to the costs and fees at NYU Abu Dhabi may be necessary.
The cost of attendance listed below may differ from actual charges that appear on a student’s bursar bill, as the cost of attendance is an estimated amount. Rates are subject to annual adjustment. Students must be covered by health insurance that originates in the UAE.
|Expense Type||Estimated Annual Value (2022-2023)|
|Student Health Insurance
|Graduate Campus Housing (if needed and available)||$8,824|
|Books & Supplies||$1,200|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$110,185|
The Office of the Bursar will send out billing notifications each
semester, which will include all direct expenses: i.e., costs that are
charged by the university. Charges that will be displayed on your
university bill will include tuition, registration and services fees,
health insurance, and room and board (if applicable). Any financial
support you are receiving from the university will appear as an awarded
value against each eligible cost category. Awards might not cover the
total cost of any one billed item.
Indirect expenses are costs that students may incur during the
academic year that are not charged by the university. In other words,
these costs will not be on your university bill. These estimated
expenses will vary for each student, and would include personal and
estimated travel expenses.
Any student whose total NYU Abu Dhabi financial support award does
not cover their full cost of attendance will be responsible for any
If you will be joining NYU Abu Dhabi from outside the UAE, and/or you will require NYU Abu Dhabi to sponsor a UAE student visa on your behalf, it is important that you make your inbound travel arrangements in close consultation with university instructions. NYU Abu Dhabi will cover visa processing costs for those who require a UAE student visa. Admitted students will receive more guidance about the visa application procedure.
Once the visa procurement process begins, please do not plan any kind of travel through the UAE prior to Orientation, as this would invalidate the entry permit we will be arranging for you. Due to UAE visa regulations, it is necessary for all flights to be booked to arrive in Abu Dhabi (not Dubai or Sharjah).
If you have any travel-related questions, you may send your inquiry to NYU Abu Dhabi Graduate Admissions firstname.lastname@example.org.